QUADRANT: New homes will not impact on Wyberton’s ‘villagey feel’

David Newton.
David Newton.

David Newton has pledged to help Wyberton keep its ‘villagey feel’ if his Quadrant plans are given the green light.

Since Boston United first announced their plans to build a football stadium, sports centre, retail area and housing development to the south of the town, there has been opposition to the plans.

A group calling themselves the Wyberton Quadrant Action Group formed, expressing their fears over a number of issues, including the impact that so many new residents would have on local amenities such as schools and GP surgeries.

Although the Pilgrims chairman is keeping the final designs close to his chest before planning permission is officially applied for later this month, it is expected that a number of houses will still be built around the stadium and sports hall.

First draft drawings released in November suggested stage one would include 500 new homes.

And Mr Newton is adamant that these properties - if given the thumbs up - will not turn Wyberton into a metropolis.

He told The Standard: “When our planning application is submitted it will be a lot more detailed than it was during our consultation period.

“Hopefully then people can see what we are trying to do and get some comfort.

“We want the site to keep a villagey feel.

“We’re not looking to put up three-storey houses.

“We may look to have bigger buildings in key places, but the development will predominantly be a village setting, hopefully this will come across in the detailed plans we submit.”

There have also been proposals to incorporate a retail area, which could include cafés, bars, restaurants and possibly a supermarket.

Mr Newton has claimed that this could create up to 450 jobs in the town.

Talks have been ongoing with a number or businesses.

Mr Newton (pictured) added: “We don’t have anybody signed up yet.

“But we do have very strong interest from four or five parties.

“However, I think we would need to have planning permission granted before anything was to become official.”